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's pleased with the numbers. joining us now, jim acosta with the romney campaign in newport news, virginia and on the phone, dan lothian with president obama's campaign. jim, you're on the trail with the romney campaign. what's the reaction to the latest polling, because republicans were complaining about these polls as soon as last week. now the poll is good news for them. are they complaining? >> well, anderson, i have to tell you i just saw mitt romney standing out in a drenching rain in newport news just a couple hours ago and he still had a smile on his face. they're pretty happy. they have not seen poll numbers like this in some time. i have to tell you, i talked to a senior romney advisor about this pew research center poll and they look at a couple things here. in relation to these polls. they are looking at the enthusiasm that is coming out at some of their campaign events. i can tell you, we have been at several of these campaign events over the last several days and they are getting some big turnouts, sometimes in excess of 10,000 people, and while yes, that may not be obama cam
." joining us from the campaign trail, jim acosta with the romney campaign and jessica yellin is in madison, wisconsin with the obama campaign. are the obama campaign at least off the record admitting it was not a good night for the president, putting it mildly. we've heard a lot of spin. do they believe that spin? >> they will say on the record it was not a good night for the president, anderson, yes. they say they will adjust going forward. here's one way they will adjust, i think. you know, the president's biggest asset they believe is his likability, and they want to protect that at all costs but one of the ways they have to do that, it seems they thought was to preserve it by keeping him from going on the attack. that meant he didn't defend his policies enough and that meant that he didn't challenge mitt romney enough. and it came across badly last night. so the challenge for the president is what al gore faced in 2000, where one time he held it back too much, he overcorrected in the second debate and came across as too aggressive, missed the mark both times. the president has to avoid
of pinning him down. maybe he thought jim lehrer was going to do it. i say, no. take the man at his word. mitt romney wants us to suck up all the stuff he's throwing out. he's not clear. he's double talking. that's what he's doing. >> if you don't have a mandate for health care, which is what mitt romney and the republicans want, they don't want a mandate. but if people want to have health insurance, you can't sign up for something and never pay and then wonder why you get rejected because you don't do the payments. it's easier to talk about it in the length of a debate. let me remind you, in 2008, president obama ran when he was trying to get to the left of hillary clinton, and he opposed nafta. and as soon as that was gone, he never talked again about renegotiating nafta. we found out later he sent one of his top aides to -- >> one at a time, one at a time. let ari finish, please. >> both candidates have engaged in tactical maneuvering. this is nothing new. >> i'm not saying it's anything new and i'm not saying both candidates don't shift and move to the center after primaries and stuf
didn't do a good enough job of pinning him down. maybe he thought jim lehrer was going to do it. i say take him at his word. mitt romney wants us to suck up all the stuff that he's throwing out because he wants to make everybody happy. he's not clear. he's double-talking. that's what he's doing. >> anderson, the problem is if you don't have a mandate for health care which is what mitt romney and republicans want, they don't want to have the mandate, but -- >> except in massachusetts. >> people want to get health insurance, you can't have a system in which you never sign up and you don't pay and then you wait until you're sick because insurance companies can't turn down. that's the problem republicans have. >> that's not what he said, ari. >> now, policy gets complicated. it's harder to talk on a short show like this. it's easier to talk about it in the length of the debate but let me remind you, in 2008, president obama ran when he was trying to get to the left of hillary clinton saying he opposed nafta. he ran on that in ohio. then as soon as the ohio primary was done, he never talked
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